KARACHI: The members of Sindh Assembly are set to elect a new chief minister today with two aspirants Syed Murad Ali Shah of the ruling PPP and Khurrum Sher Zaman Khan of the PTI are contesting for the slot of the chief executive of the province.
But the main opposition party in Sindh Assembly – the MQM, is staying away from the election. The PML-F and PML-N – two other smaller opposition parties in the house have not yet announced support to any of the candidates.
MQM’s leader Khwaja Izharul Hassan outright said that his party would abstain from the election for the next CM Sindh.
He called former CM Sindh Syed Qaim Ali’s eight years term as ‘disappointment’ and dubbed the voting as ‘drama’.
He said that the MQM had no hopes that the CM replacement would bring about any change or development in the province.
Syed Murad Ali Shah is certain to outclass the PTI’s Khurrum Sher Zaman Khan since he PTI lacks support in the house with just three legislators against the ruling PPP standing out with 91 members.
The PTI’s candidate said that he would not give the PPP a walkover in the polls and would contest. Zaman and Shah submitted their nomination papers to run for the chief minster slot. The PML-F and PML-N did not field candidates.
The deadline to submit nominations for the election has been expired, while the process of scrutiny has also been completed. On the whole, seven nomination papers were filed and none was rejected.
Shah submitted four nomination papers, with Sikandar Mandhro and Murad Dahir as his covering candidate, said the Secretary Sindh Assembly Umar Farooq.
The speaker of the Sindh Assembly would now seek confirmation of the nominations by the candidates, he added.
The election for the new Sindh CM will be held tomorrow at 3 pm and the newly-elected CM would then take oath at the Governor House.
The PPP has got majority in the provincial legislature and can easily get its candidate elected to the top provincial office.
The PML-F and the PML-N have not fielded their candidates against Murad Ali Shah, while MQM decided not to take part in the election as 10 of its members were abroad and one was in police custody.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) lawmakers on Thursday announced to stay away from the upcoming election for Sindh chief minister slot in Sindh Assembly.
Speaking outside the Sindh Assembly building, MQM lawmakers Syed Sardar Ahmed and Khwaja Izharul Hassan said MQM will neither support nor oppose a candidate for Thursday’s election for the post of Sindh chief minister.
The party legislators said that the decision was taken following party’s disappointment over Sindh government’s reluctance to delegate powers to local bodies, lack of good governance and a poor law and order situation in the province.
MQM leader Mehfooz Yar Advocate also demanded from the government to release MQM’s 133 missing persons and free party’s mayor nominee Wasim Akhtar so that he can contest the upcoming mayoral elections.
“The results of electing Qaim Ali Shah unopposed for last eight years were disappointing. We will stay away from this voting drama,” Izhar said, adding that he and his party has no hopes from a ‘change of face’ in the Assembly.
Sindh’s ruling party, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had decided on Sunday to replace the octogenarian chief minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, with a relatively young man to what many believe face tough challenges ahead.
On Monday, the party formally nominated senior Sindh minister Syed Murad Ali Shah as their candidate for the slot.
The party’s dominance is likely to ensure an easy win for Murad Ali Shah, however, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) had nominated its MPA Khurram Sher Zaman as their candidate for the coveted position. -Business Recorder